As installed, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview forces users to navigate through two UIs: the tile-based Metro Start Screen and the traditional desktop, which now comes without a start menu. Even though 99.9% of Windows programs run in desktop mode, the new OS effectively forces you to return to Metro when you want to browse through your applications and launch one.
However, with a few tweaks, you can live 100% of your Windows 8 life in desktop mode, without even setting foot in Metro.
Boot to The Desktop in Windows 8
The first and most unavoidable time you’ll see Metro in a given Windows 8 session is upon start-up. There’s no way to disable Metro, but you can force the desktop mode application to load as soon as you log in, effectively covering over Metro, before it even has a chance to draw. Here’s how.
1. Create an Explorer script file that launches the desktop. Open Notepad and paste or type in the following text:
Save the file as showmydeskop.scf and put it in a location you’ll easily remember.
2. Launch Windows Task Scheduler. You can find Task Scheduler by using Windows 8′s built-in search or by navigating to the Administrative Tools section of Control Panel.
3. Select Task Scheduler Library in the left window pane.
4. Right click in the task area and select Create New Task.
5. Enter a name (ex: ShowDesktop) on the General tab.
6. Set the task to trigger at log on by clicking new on the trigger tab, and selecting “At log on” from the Begin Task list.
7. Make your script an action by clicking New on the Action tab, selecting “Start a program” from the Action menu, and entering the full path of showmydesktop.scf (ex: C:\myscripts\showmydesktop.scf) in the Program/script field.
8. Toggle off “Stop if the computer switches to battery power” on the conditions tab. You want to log in to the desktop whether your notebook is plugged in or not.
9. Click Ok and close the Task Manager.